2020 Aston Martin Vantage appeals as dashing and different

Perhaps no vehicle has taken a bigger leap forward from one generation to the next than the Aston Martin Vantage.

A lot of technology and engineering improvements have been made since 2005, which was the last time the Vantage was redesigned. I drove the manual-transmission Vantage AMR after its 2019 redesign, and I recently spent a week in an automatic model. Here are the positive and negative affects those advancements have had on the latest Vantage.

2020 Aston Martin Vantage

Hit: You can live with it or track it

The last-generation Vantage was a stunningly beautiful car. It also rode like a shopping cart. The new Vantage is the performance model in the Aston Martin lineup and it has the firm suspension tuning to prove it. Still, the stiffer structure allows for a softer suspension, which makes it far more comfortable than the model it replaces. This Vantage can

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Look Out, Small-Block V-8s—This Tesla Crate Motor Is Coming For Your Jobs

The term “crate engine” has long been used to describe engines you could buy (typically hotted-up or modified) and install in the car or project of your choosing. Why the name, though? Because the engines ship in crates. Often, the word “engine” is used interchangeably with the word “motor,” a casual oversight of the distinction between an internal-combustion engine and a motor, which we typically use to describe an electric power source. Until now. Go ahead and call EV West’s Revolt Systems Tesla electric powertrain swap what it is: A crate motor.

Literally, that’s what this wonderful creation is. A crated electric motor. Even better, it’s a bolt-in setup gunning to replace one of the most common crate engine choices out there, GM’s small-block V-8. That is because the EV West Tesla powertrain bolts up to small-block V-8 engine mounts and can be hooked up directly to a driveshaft, so

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